Bayern Munich 0-4 Real Madrid: Real go ahead through set-pieces, ensure thrashing with counter-attacks

April 30, 2014
Bayern Munich 0-4 Real Madrid: Real go ahead through set-pieces, ensure thrashing with counter-attacks

Real Madrid produced a remarkable performance at the home of the European Champions to progress to the final.

Pep Guardiola named a more adventurous team than in the first leg, playing Thomas Muller at the top of the midfield, with the knock-on effect that Philipp Lahm was moved to right-back.

Carlo Ancelotti made only one change – Gareth Bale was fit to start on the right, so Angel Di Maria swapped sides and Isco dropped out.

This game was over before half-time, with Real’s gameplan working brilliantly. Read more »

Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea: Chelsea play ultra-defensively but win the game

April 28, 2014
Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea: Chelsea play ultra-defensively but win the game

Chelsea scored breakaway goals in stoppage time at the end of both halves.

Brendan Rodgers named an unchanged side from the nervous win at Norwich last week. Jordan Henderson was still suspended, Daniel Sturridge fit only for the bench.

Jose Mourinho named a heavily changed side, preserving his best players for the return match against Atletico in midweek.

Chelsea’s defensive performance was highly effective, and Demba Ba capitalising on Steven Gerrard’s error meant they were able to continue with this strategy into the second half. Read more »

Real Madrid 1-0 Bayern Munich: Real’s counter-attack proves too good for Bayern

April 25, 2014
Real Madrid 1-0 Bayern Munich: Real’s counter-attack proves too good for Bayern

Real take a one-goal lead to Germany for next week’s second leg after another fine counter-attacking display.

Carlo Ancelotti stuck with the XI he used for last week’s Copa del Rey victory over Barcelona – with the exception of the returning Cristiano Ronaldo in for Gareth Bale, who was ill.

Pep Guardiola surprisingly named Rafinha at right-back with Philipp Lahm in his central midfield role, and also took the curious step of moving Bastian Schweinsteiger to the top of the midfield triangle.

Apologies for being unable to come up with the usual ZM piece, but I’ve written an analysis of the game for the Guardian and other duties mean I don’t have the time to write something similar here.

However, as well as the usual diagram to the left, there’s the usual StatsZone grabs below.

The Guardian piece, along with these graphics, should hopefully form the usual analysis – if you jump between two tabs accordingly…

Usual service will be resumed shortly! Read more »